Biman’s ferry flight brings back stranded Umrah pilgrims

DHAKA, A special ferry flight of Biman Bangladesh

Airlines today brought back Bangladeshi Umrah pilgrims, who were stranded in

Saudi Arabia as Riyadh cut off air connection with Bangladesh to prevent

outbreak of the deadly COVID-19.

The national flag carrier’s special flight landed at Hazrat Shahjalal

International Airport from Jeddah carrying 409 Bangladeshi nationals at 4 pm

today, Biman’s Managing Director and CEO Md Mokabbir Hossain told media.

After health screening, he said all the passengers were sent to home

imposing a mandatory 14-day period of self-quarantine on them.

Earlier, four Middle East countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman

— suspended all flights with Bangladesh due to the killer coronavirus, which

of late is being described as COVID 19.

Mokabbir said Biman will suspend its flight to Kuala Lumpur from tomorrow

for next two weeks as Malaysia declared to restrict entry of all foreigners

from March 18 to 31.

Biman operates 28 flights to and from Kuala Lumpur per week.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)